How are edible Mints used in cooking?
Spearmint is used more frequently for savoury dishes in the West. It combines well with many vegetables such as new potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and peas. A few chopped leaves also give a refreshing ‘lift’ to green salads and salad dressings.
Spearmint is also popular in the Balkans, North African and Middle Eastern cuisines, where it is used both fresh and dried with grilled meats, especially Lamb, stuffed vegetables and rice and is an essential ingredient of dolmas, stuffed vine leaves. Dried mint is sprinkled over hummus and other pulse and grain dishes. Yogurt dressings, such as Tzatziki also includes dried mint.
Peppermint, being more delicately flavoured, can be used in jellies, teas and desserts, also adding fresh flavour to ices and sherbets…and, of course, a glass of English Pimms #1 is always served with a sprig of mint!